It’s been about a month and a half since we shipped our paperwork off to Eastern Europe and we’ve been actively waiting ever since. We have started hanging clothes in the closet and adding things to her drawers. Xander and Eli have moved in to bunk beds and her bed is set and ready. She received some Christmas gifts from family. She now has two baby dolls and an M ornament to add to our Christmas tree. She also has her first stuffed animal in her bed and a super girl cape and mask still wrapped and waiting for her. Friends and family have sorted through their belongings and given her gifts of toys and clothes. We are so grateful.

As I continue my read through Romans I feel God’s encouragement on many fronts. Yesterday I read something that calmed the storm of “waiting” in me. “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” Romans 8:25
I find it very encouraging that Paul should pair the act of waiting with Perseverance. Perseverance is what you do when you run a race, get a degree, work at a job, and raise children. To liken waiting to those worthy activities validates how truly hard it is to wait.


So we wait, and we implore God to help us wait well. Paperwork wise we are leaning in to our agency as they complete the next to sets of documents that are needed and contact the ministry in our EU country to discuss travel dates. Our hope is to hear mid February about travel dates and then travel in March.

As you continue to pray for us please pray for our hearts and M’s heart to be prepared for this new transition. We were relieved to hear that the orphanage does a good job of preparing our little girl for her transition. Such an answer to prayer.

I thought I’d leave you with one more beautiful thought of hope. This picture is from Xander who has hopes of his own. Hopes of what is not seen but eagerly anticipated. Him on an airplane to go get his sister from her country. img010


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